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Alvaro Quiros in action during Round 1 of the Volvo China Open.
Alvaro Quiros in action during Round 1 of the Volvo China Open.

SHENZHEN, China — Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson each shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the China Open on Thursday.

The pair were a stroke ahead of a group of six golfers that included defending champion Brett Rumford of Australia and Alexander Levy of France, who briefly moved into a tie with Quiros and Dyson in the growing darkness on his back nine but bogeyed the par-3 8th hole before play was suspended. He has one hole remaining to play.

England's Ian Poulter was in a group of 12 golfers just behind at ...

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Alistair Tait
Hoylake's Royal Liverpool has a few changes in store for playing host to the 2014 Open Championship -- where Tiger Woods won the last edition played there.
Hoylake's Royal Liverpool has a few changes in store for playing host to the 2014 Open Championship -- where Tiger Woods won the last edition played there.

HOYLAKE, England – The world’s elite will find very little change when they turn up for the 143rd running of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The R&A has added just 54 yards to the course Tiger Woods tamed in 2006.

The biggest change comes at the par-4 seventh hole. It measures 480 yards, 27 yards longer than it played in 2006. “It will be a formidable par four,” R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said.

Royal Liverpool will measure 7,312 yards and play to a par of 72 as opposed to the 7,258 yards it was ...

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Alistair Tait
R&A CEO Peter Dawson will retire in September 2015.
R&A CEO Peter Dawson will retire in September 2015.

SOUTHPORT, England – Peter Dawson has announced his retirement as chief executive of the R&A and secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the R&A announced today. Dawson will leave his post in September 2015.

Dawson took the reins at the R&A in 1999 after a career in engineering. He had some very big shoes to fill in the shape of Michael Bonallack, a five-time British Amateur champion.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1948, Dawson has overseen important changes to the role of the governing body for the rest of the world aside from the ...

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Lee Westwood fired a 4-under 68 to secure a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open.
Lee Westwood fired a 4-under 68 to secure a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.

Westwood led from start to finish in the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event that he also won in 1997.

"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Lee Westwood during Saturday's third round of the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open.
Lee Westwood during Saturday's third round of the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open.

Entering Saturday's third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open with a four-shot lead, Lee Westwood shot 71 as his margin was cut to one while Andy Sullivan shot 66 in Kuala Lumpur.

“I didn’t play as well as I did the first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot," Westwood said. "That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time.

"It was a real grind, but I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that."

A bogey at the ...

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Bill Zimmerman

In Friday's second round of the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open, Lee Westwood opened up a four-shot lead – while a swarm of hornets stole the show, attacking Pablo Larrazabal.

At 1 under for his round through four holes and playing Kuala Lumpur CC's No. 14, Larrazabal said he swatted an insect away from his nose. A swarm ensued. He started swinging a towel around his head and shoulder. It didn't deter the hornets.

“They were three times the size of bees,” Larrazábal told the tour. “They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started ...

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April 17, 2014 | 2:46 p.m.

Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open

Lee Westwood opened with a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Malaysian Open.
Lee Westwood opened with a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Malaysian Open.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open.

Westwood had a bogey at his first hole but birdied four of his closing five to take a one-shot lead ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium before play was suspended because of the risk of lightning.

A tropical downpour in the afternoon had previously halted play for more than an hour, and 45 players in the 156-man field will have to complete their first round on Friday.

The 36th-ranked Westwood is coming off a seventh-place ...

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Bubba Watson during the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson during the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

A few players at Augusta got their Twitter fix before their Masters final round, while others (whether on or off the grounds) shared some well wishes for their favorites taking to the course later. Here's another smattering of the chattering (which we'll update a few times as the day goes on).

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Bubba Watson, @bubbawatson: "Sunday at @The_Masters! It's going to be a great day! #Rejoice"

Billy Horschel, @BillyHo_Golf: "Masters Sunday. First time I will be playing instead of watching on tv. Let's finish the week off on a high note! 5 or 6 under will do ...

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Bill Haas during Thursday's first round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bill Haas during Thursday's first round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

Jack, Arnie and Gary got things started at 7:40 a.m. – well before defending champion Adam Scott opened his Masters defense with a birdie. Several players have held the lead today, with Scott and 2012 champ Bubba Watson in the thick of things, but Bill Haas is the leader at 4 under.

Recap the highlights of the first round of 2014 Masters – and keep scrolling down for previous Masters coverage!

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Update #78: 7:29 p.m. EDT

Lee Westwood bogeys the last for ...

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Marco Crespi celebrates his first European Tour win at the 2014 NH Collection Open in Spain.
Marco Crespi celebrates his first European Tour win at the 2014 NH Collection Open in Spain.

CADIZ, Spain – Marco Crespi of Italy won his first European Tour title Sunday after carding a 3-under 69 in the final round for a two-shot victory at the inaugural edition of the NH Collection Open.

Playing in his 25th European Tour event, the 35-year-old Crespi had five birdies to overcome a pair of bogeys on the final day for a 10-under total of 278. Jordi Garcia of Spain carded a 66 to climb into a tie for second with Richie Ramsay of Scotland, who shot 68.

Felipe Aguilar of Chile (71) and overnight leader Matthew Nixon of England (73) finished ...

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Alistair Tait
Jamie Donaldson of Wales is headed to the Masters at Augusta National in 2014 along with a European Tour contingent that might not have made it decades ago.
Jamie Donaldson of Wales is headed to the Masters at Augusta National in 2014 along with a European Tour contingent that might not have made it decades ago.

Twenty-eight Europeans will tee it up in this year’s Masters. Sam Torrance, Ken Brown, Mark James and Howard Clark must wish they’d played in these enlightened times as opposed to the dark ages, when Augusta only allowed select Europeans down Magnolia Lane.

The contrast between the present and the past couldn’t be more stark. Thirty years ago, only four Europeans played in the Masters and one of those was an amateur. Twenty years ago, the number had risen to just 13. There were 18 in 2004.

Torrance and company made 26 Ryder Cup appearances, and won 54 ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Matthew Nixon leads the European Tour's 2014 NH Collection Open after three rounds (shown here during last year's Russian Open).
Matthew Nixon leads the European Tour's 2014 NH Collection Open after three rounds (shown here during last year's Russian Open).

Every day has seen a different leader at the NH Collection Open, but Saturday was the first to see the completion of its scheduled round in the wake of Thursday's rain delay.

Matthew Nixon of England will carry a one-shot lead into the final round after his 65 moved him to the top of the leaderboard, just ahead of Marco Crespi of Italy.

"I kept knocking them close and knocking the putts in,” said Nixon, who carded nine birdies against two bogeys Saturday and is looking for his first win on the European Tour. “If I could do that ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Marc Warren holds a share of the lead at the delayed NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain, on European Tour (shown here at the 2012 Mideast Emirates Classic).
Marc Warren holds a share of the lead at the delayed NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain, on European Tour (shown here at the 2012 Mideast Emirates Classic).

For the second straight day, play was cut short at the NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain – but not before Scotland's Marc Warren moved to a share of the lead with a 5-under 67 in the second round.

Warren began the day by finishing the last seven holes of his opening round for an even-par 72.

"At the start of the second round I struggled a bit with concentration, but once I got it going I played really good," Warren said. "(The) long game was excellent, short game was good."

When darkness suspended play Friday, 45 players still hadn ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Jack Doherty during the first round of the European Tour's 2014 NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain.
Jack Doherty during the first round of the European Tour's 2014 NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain.

Having earned a spot on European Tour in November thanks to his 12th attempt at Q-School, Scotland's Jack Doherty took the lead after Thursday's rain-shortened opener at the NH Collection Open.

Doherty completed a 69 before darkness and leads a foursome by two shots. Rhys Davies, Bradley Dredge, Joakim Lagergren and Tjaart Van Der Walt are 2 under, with only Dredge having finished his round.

About half the field must complete their first rounds Friday. Three hours of rain stopped play in Cadiz, Spain, at La Reserva de Sotogrande, while windy conditions persisted after the downpour cleared.

– Associated ...

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Pryad Marksaeng of Team Asia celebrates his putt on the 18th green during the single matches on Day 3 of the EurAsia Cup.
Pryad Marksaeng of Team Asia celebrates his putt on the 18th green during the single matches on Day 3 of the EurAsia Cup.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Asia staged an improbable Ryder Cup-like comeback on the final day of the EurAsia Cup on Saturday, picking up seven of 10 points available in singles to level the score at 10-all and share the trophy with Europe.

Asia, trailing 7-3 going into the final day, briefly took the lead at 9½-8½ before Joost Luiten beat Koumei Oda 1 up to pull the Europeans level.

The final match between Asia's Hideto Tanihara and Europe's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano then finished all square.

Tanihara sank an 8-foot putt to halve the 17th after Fernandez-Castano eagled the 16th to ...

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